So, what does that mean? A warrior knows the battle field and has a plan. A warrior is pro-active and reactive. He is engaged in the battle completely, mind, body and soul. A warrior knows the enemy. A warrior has a good support team, and through constant communication, is making sure he is equipped with the right weapons and information.
In the Bible, God says in Psalms 127:4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.
According to this verse, parents are warriors. Our children are arrows safe in our quivers. We take the twig, smooth out the knots, and sharpen the point, making it “ready to launch” at the target of their future. Wow! How do we do that? How do we, as parents, prepare our kids for their futures, and, more importantly, for their own battles?
We must be primarily pro-active verses reactive. Are we involved in their education and interests? Or do we just run them around, and try to have quick conversations between activities, homework, and friends? Are your children’s teachers, coaches, and friends the biggest influences in their lives? Are we just passively trusting in all of the activities, and people to shape them? If this is your routine, keep reading…
If you are a parent, then you have been called to be a warrior. The enemy is seeking to devour them. And you. (1 Peter 5:8) We have been given the battle plans, weapons, and armor in The Word, and we have the best support system in the universe through Christ. (Eph 6:10-18) We can be in constant contact with the creator of life itself, who has already defeated the enemy we face. Do our kids know this? Above all the lessons we can teach our children, these are the most important. You will not always be able to be there for your kids, but Christ can. You can’t completely restore them after they have been defeated in a battle, but Christ can. You will not always have the perfect words to say to them… but The Word will always be perfect.
So, what advice can I offer? After raising 3 kids with the 4th in middle school, I have had many failures and victories. But keeping with my warrior theme, I will admonish you to teach them about Christ first and foremost. Don’t think that an hour or 2 a week at Church will adequately counter the culture war zone we are living in. I think about how many hours a day or week that they are exposed to things that aren’t on the target, and I am pro-active to the opposite. Reading and discussing The Word and praying together daily is our smoothing and sharpening process. Make the quiver a place of humility and grace. Raising children is a battle. It’s like one of those World Wars that last for years…There will be victories and miracles, as well as epic fails, and sorrow. It’s an honor and a blessing to be called as a warrior…now go act like one.